Turkey hunting has become one of my favorite hunting sports, which has allowed me to share with others, including grandkids. My 12 year old grandson Kyle has taken 3 birds thus far and my 12 year old grand-daughter shot a beautiful Tom with a 9 inch beard last year. Grandson Jacob also took a nice bird a couple years ago. My daughter Mindy’s fiance shot his first bird last year, and I shot a huge Tom myself. I have been super successful over the years, but it doesn’t happen by accident! I know the birds, know where their at, and know how to “call” like a lovesick hen. Just those three ingredients should help make for a nice wild Thanksgiving bird in the freezer! Of course a good blind set up and a decoy or two doesn’t hurt your chances either.
The range of the Michigan wild turkey is from one end of the state to the other, including the U.P. I hunted the Escanaba area for 3 years and took three nice birds with the biggest bird I’ve ever seen getting away! I’ve hunted Southern Birds (Hillsdale and Jackson) and always scored. Hunted mid-state last year and took a nice Tom on private property. Recently I have been hunting the northern county of Oscoda in the Spring and have been very pleased with the results around my cabin. Actually the biggest bird (12 inch beard) I ever took was just behind my home here in Monroe County.
Wild turkey is a great addition to ones freezer and can be a wary and smart adversary in the woods. Don’t fall for the belief that they are stupid by any means! A Jake may come and go, but a true trophy Tom can make a fool out of you in a heartbeat! Do your homework, know your equipment, and get ready for some strutting, yelping, and gobbling this Spring!